Application for Talking Book Services
Student Resources for Reading Disabilities
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Getting Started with the Talking Book Program
National Library Service for the Blind & Physically Handicapped
The Talking Book Program is available to Texans with visual impairments, physical, or reading disabilities that prevent them from using standard print. In order to receive our free services, you must fill out an application form and have it certified by a professional, such as a nurse, optometrist, teacher, librarian, doctor, or social worker.
Please print out the Talking Book Program application, sign the agreement (electronic typed signature accepted), fill in the information, and have the form completed by a professional ("certifying authority") who can certify that you meet one of the following criteria for service:
Qualified patrons include Texas residents of all ages who:
- An individual who is blind.
- An individual who has a visual impairment that makes them unable to comfortably read standard print books.
- An individual who has a physical disability that makes it hard to hold or manipulate a book or to focus or move the eyes as needed to read a print book.
- An individual who has a perceptual or reading disability.
The list of professionals who are authorized to sign the application form are listed on the last page of the form, which states:
Eligibility must be certified by one of the following: public or welfare agencies (such as an educator, a social worker, case worker, counselor, rehabilitation teacher, certified reading specialist, dyslexia specialist, school psychologist, superintendent, or librarian), registered nurse, therapist, professional staff of hospitals, institutions, doctor of medicine, doctor of osteopathy, ophthalmologist, optometrist, or psychologist. Certifying authorities are not permitted to certify relatives.
By law, the Talking Book Program gives priority service to veterans of the United States armed forces who have received honorable discharges from military service. For further information, please call 1-800-252-9605, or send an email inquiry to firstname.lastname@example.org with subject heading, "Veteran Status Verification."
The Talking Book Application forms are available in two electronic formats, PDF and RTF:
Click on these links below if you have the Adobe Acrobat Reader installed on your computer to launch the Portable Document Format [pdf] version of the Talking Book Program application form. Please print out the form, sign application agreement, fill in the information requested, and have the application completed by an appropriate professional before mailing, emailing, or faxing it to the Talking Book Program (our address appears at the bottom of this page).
If you do not have the Adobe Acrobat reader installed on your computer, you must first download it and install it on your own computer before you can print out the PDF version of the Talking Book Program application.
Follow these links to download a free copy of Adobe Acrobat Reader:
- Individual Application in Spanish [pdf]
- Individual Application in Spanish [rtf]
- Institutional Application [pdf]
- Institutional Application [rtf]
(for Nursing Homes, Hospitals, Assisted Living Facilities, etc.)
- Demonstration Site Information and Application
- School Registration Application [read Classroom Guide]
After you have completed the application, please mail it to:
Talking Book Program
Texas State Library & Archives Commission
PO Box 12927
Austin TX 78711-2927
or fax to: 512-936-0685 (fax)
or email to: email@example.com
If you have questions or want to request a print copy of the application form(s), please contact us at:
1-800-252-9605 (in Texas)
512-463-5458 (in Austin)
We look forward to serving you.